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NORTHERN FRANCE
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
NPC
Nord (59)
Pas-de-Calais (62)
Picardie
Pic
Somme (80)
Oise (60)
Haute-Normandie
HN
Eure (27)
Seine-Maritime (76)
Basse-Normandie
BN
Calvados (14)
Manche (50)
Bretagne
Bre
Ille-et-Vilaine (35)
Côtes-d'Armor (22)
Finistère (29)
Morbihan (56)


The area that we have designated as Northern France extends from the border with Belgium west to Bretagne, better known to English speakers as Brittany. Most beaches in the region are on La Manche, which is the French word for the English Channel. Brittany, at the northwest corner of France, has coastline along both La Manche and the Atlantic Ocean.

In the east, there are the traditional regions of Flanders and Picardy. Part of present-day Nord-Pas-de-Calais, specifically the part near the coast and bordering Belgium, is the Flemish (i.e., of Flanders) part of France, and this is where you'll find a culture that blends with Belgium and the Netherlands. Picardy is the region just north of Paris. Moving west, there is Normandy, an area that resonates with Americans for its World War II significance. Modern Normandy is divided into two regions, Upper and Lower—Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normadie. West of Normandy is Brittany, a unique region where you'll encounter unusual and very un-French-sounding place names. Brittany is a Celtic area, and its culture and traditional language (Breton) are related to those of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall (England) and Wales. The modern day political region of Bretagne includes most, but not all, of what is historically regarded as Brittany. Historic Brittany extends south into Pays-de-la-Loire, a region that we classify under Atlantic France.

Northern France has temperatures that are markedly cooler than those farther south. If you are on a beach in Normandy in July and it is sunny and 70° F (21° C), you've picked a good beach day, and it probably will not get much warmer. Inland temperatures are often several degrees warmer than temperatures on the coast.

Northern France has relatively few naturist resorts compared to points farther south, and those that are located here tend to be smaller scale than those in the south. However, nude beaches are abundant and range from wind-swept beaches with immense dunes to those that are situated below majestic chalky cliffs.

All in all, the north of France will probably not be your first choice if you are taking a naturist vacation per se. Most vacationers who plan to spend a big chunk of their time sans clothing head south. However, there are some wonderful naturist places in the north that are worthwhile excursions that can be combined with general sightseeing pursuits.



NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS

Nord (59)      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Plage de Zuydcoote   51.0665, 2.4613 

Pas-de-Calais (62)      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Plage de Wissant [T] 50.8958, 1.6681 

      Plage des Sables d'Opale [A] 50.4321, 1.5669 
Of the handful of nude beaches in Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie, this one in Berck (a.k.a. Berck-sur-Mer) is the most notable. About 220 kilometers north of Paris, it is a popular nude beach getaway for Parisians.

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     B & B Oakland    50.4978, 1.6238     F, E
          Cucq



PICARDIE

Somme (80)      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Plage de Quend-Plage-les-Pins [T] 50.3118, 1.5438 
The geography of this beach allows for an extended walk in the nude, leaving crowds far behind.

Oise (60)      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Regain    49.0983, 2.9991     F, E, D, G
          Rosoy-en-Multien



HAUTE-NORMANDIE

Eure (27)      MAP

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Les Grandes Vignes    49.1194, 1.4371     F, E
          Saint-Pierre d'Autils (Vernon)

Seine-Maritime (76)      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Plage de Dieppe [T] 49.9234, 1.0541 

      Plage de Varengeville-sur-Mer [T] 49.9173, 0.9934 

      Plage du Tilleul   49.6908, 0.1709 
Set beneath a sheer cliff, this beach has spectacular scenery. It's among the most beautiful beaches in Normandy.

      Plage de Sainte-Adresse   49.5208, 0.0674 

NATURIST RETREATS

     La Chênaie    49.4460, 0.8927     F
          Anneville-Ambourville

     Terrain Bois des 40 Acres    49.7287, 0.3093     F, E, D, G
          Yport



BASSE NORMANDIE

Calvados (14)      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Plage des Vaches Noires   49.3139, -0.0424 

      Plage de la Redoute [A] 49.2854, -0.2263 

      Plage de Meuvaines (Gold Beach) [T] 49.3462, -0.5521 

NATURIST RETREATS

     Nature et Soleil de Normandie    49.0156, -0.3895     F, E
          St Laurent de Condel

Manche (50)      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Plage de Biville   49.5974, -1.8424 
Sandy, backed by beautiful dunes and off the beaten path, this beach is a hidden gem.

      Plage de Hatainville   49.3874, -1.8179 

      Plage de St-Germain-sur-Ay [A] 49.2115, -1.6297 
This "land's end" beach is a huge area mud flats at an estuary. You can be naked in the great wide open, but attendance is light.

      Plage d'Agon   49.0029, -1.5845 

      Plage de Bréville-sur-Mer   48.8741, -1.5749 

      Plage de Genêts-Dragey [T] 48.6978, -1.5101 
While basking naked on this beach, you'll have a surreal view of Mont-St-Michel across the mud flats in the distance.



BRETAGNE

Ille-et-Vilaine (35)      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Plage du Verger   48.6979, -1.8713 

      Plage des Chevrets [T] 48.6932, -1.9409 
A beautiful beach with beautiful views, this popular beach is the premier nude beach of Ille-et-Vilaine and one of the best in Brittany.

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Bay Ouest    48.3558, -1.8059     F, E
          Quebriac

Côtes-d'Armor (22)      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Plage du Porry [T] 48.6780, -2.3264 

      Plage de Lourtuais [A] 48.6451, -2.4812 
For the best nude beach in Côtes-d'Armor, it's a tossup between this beach and Maez an Aod farther west. Both are beautiful. Lourtuais is larger and draws bigger crowds.

      Plage de Nantois [T] 48.6028, -2.5176 

      Plage de Maez an Aod [T] 48.7362, -3.5506 
For the best nude beach in Côtes-d'Armor, it's a tossup between this beach and Lourtuais farther east. Both are beautiful. Maez an Aod is smaller and more remote.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Pallieter    48.5037, -2.2350    F, E, D, G
          Plancoët

Finistère (29)      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Dunes de Keremma   48.6403, -4.2958 
This beach is a vast field of mud flats and sand dunes. Most nude bathing takes place in the dunes, and the crowd is mostly gay.

      Plage de Trézien   48.4191, -4.7913 
This beautiful cliff-backed beach draws some nude bathers despite the lack of an official naturist designation and also despite the fact that the coves are visible from the clifftop trail.

      Plage du Perzic [T] 48.3784, -4.7611 

      Plage de Lost-Marc'h [T] 48.2088, -4.5543 
This gorgeous, broad, sandy beach on the Atlantic ranks among the finest in France, and it is considered by many to be the best nude beach in Brittany.

      Plage de Tréguennec [T] 47.8690, -4.3562 

      Plage de Squividan   47.7918, -4.2466 

      Plage de Kerler [A] 47.8560, -4.0570 
The geography of this beach allows for an extended nude stroll.

      Plage de Keranouat [A] 47.8165, -3.8732 

Morbihan (56)      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Plage des Kaolins [T] 47.7218, -3.4870 

      Plage de Kerminihy [A] 47.6332, -3.2016 
This popular beach is over 2 kilometers long, and all of it is designated for nudity. It's the best in Morbihan.

      Plage de Sainte Barbe   47.6011, -3.1535 

      Plage de Kerjouanno [T] 47.5310, -2.8706 

      Plage du Dotchot   47.3015, -3.1751 
This small, hidden, beautiful cove is located on the island of Belle-Île, which is 13 kilometers by ferry from Quiberon.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Camping La Pinède    47.6549, -3.1362     F, E
          Belz

     Les Bruyères d'Arvor    47.8753, -3.3652     F
          Lorient


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